Date Published: 16 January 2019
People living in Rutland are being asked to share their views on the County Council’s spending plans for the next financial year.
Cabinet approved consultation around Rutland’s latest draft budget on Tuesday 15 January 2019.
The £36.4million revenue budget for 2019/20 is to fund local services and allow the Council to meet its statutory obligations, such as maintaining the roads, providing local transport, housing vulnerable people and delivering social care for adults and children.
Rutland’s spending plans for the coming financial year include:
- £12.14million for adult social care – services that help people to maintain their health and independence in later life and which support adults with disabilities and mental health needs
- £5.49million for children’s social care – services to support and protect vulnerable children, young people, their families and young carers
- £2.48million for waste management – the collection of household and commercial waste in Rutland, as well as the recycling and disposal of all materials
- £1.76million for environment and public protection – the delivery of street cleaning and ground maintenance services, alongside trading standards, licensing and community safety
- £1.02million for public transport – the cost of subsidising local bus services and providing free travel for bus pass holders (does not include a further £1.68million set aside for school transport)
- £1.01million for roads and highways – the maintenance of all public roads, car parks, footpaths, bridges and street lighting in Rutland
Rutland County Council continues to face significant pressure on its budget while managing delivery of local services. The County has seen a small increase in government funding this year (£300k) but not enough to keep pace with inflation, which will increase the Council’s costs by more than £1.2million in 2019/20.
The Council is also spending more money on statutory services, like providing care for adults and children, because of increased demand. If approved, almost half of the entire budget for 2019/20 (£17million) will go to fund adults and children’s social care services.
Rutland’s draft budget for 2019/20 proposes a Council Tax increase of 2.99%, with a further 2% precept specifically to help fund the growing cost of adult social care.
“Like all councils, our costs are going up considerably every year due to demand-led services and, also, inflation. This year we will spend almost half the budget on making sure adults and children get the care and that they need, and rightly so. Responding to Children’s Social Care needs alone has increased our expenditure by almost 70% between 2011/12 and 2017/18. Meanwhile, our government funding has been reduced year after year and, although it has increased slightly this year, does not come close to matching the sustained increase in costs. We are saving as much as we can in order to make the most of taxpayers’ money and have identified a further £1.5m in savings this year. If the draft budget is approved, this will bring the total amount saved since 2011/12 to more than £11million. Unlike most local authorities, we have not cut Rutland’s frontline services to make savings and will continue to do our best to avoid this, although it is becoming increasingly difficult. I hope people will take time to read the proposals in our latest draft budget and consider the financial challenges that Rutland is facing when they give us their feedback.”
Gordon Brown, Portfolio Holder for Finance
Consultation on our draft budget for 2019/20 runs from Wednesday 16 January until Wednesday 6th February 2019.
Printed copies of the budget and paper response forms are also available at the Council’s offices in Oakham, as well as public libraries around the county.
Consultation feedback will inform the development of a revised final budget, which will be presented to Cabinet on 19th February, followed by Rutland County Council’s Full Council on 25th February 2019.